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WELDON, N. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1891.
SOME CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS.
rilE UNEXPKCTKD GUEST.
All Cdcl Cliriatmao Story of Twin
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II siiii iKiusly
tlu-U-SS 111' WHS
lu>. l>y t;> n!i i-.s-
t i‘ n t |i:i^ iiii"
fsitliHilIv for yiMirs anil iisoil Ihi- ln’st
(i'TiiKnt. Imt tlu-ir voiitiiivs faili-il.
Kiitf was I Ill’ll' roU'iitlcss onoiii.v. lion-
voiild ilo soiiiotliin;; whii'li in
tl.v I'.vi's of tlie wise stampi'il him as ii
foi.l. Mi'l yi't liis si‘i'iain;;l,v brainU'ss
't u(i!ili! Iivin;' him a Miiali fortiiiio.
Ills li 'vliiiod was one nf I'asi'. his
fatlii'i- b 'iiii,' ill j'ooil oirciim:.liiiifi'S and
roquiriii;,' mitliiii)' more of his son than
that 111' slmnlil ^'■o ti> school and I'ollop'
ml li'ani from hooUs all that he could.
Kudolpli had a splendiil iiieiiiorv, and
ahsorln'd prints'll laiowleti"e as readily
siu lis lip water He (fave
no iitti'alioii to anythin;' exei'pt books
until till'iloath of his father I'ompelled
him ti) tliinli how he should live and
pay In', bills. "I'be fortune left him was
laodi'st. uiul his frienils, Icnowinf; what
a laau'ntably impraetieal |X‘r.son lie
wa.s. ailvisi'd him to put his nicuiey in a
saving's bi'I'.It. not to marry, and to live
econoaiii illy, lie rejeotod their ad-
viw H illi .seorn. He wished to travel
ubr(.):;d and enjoy luxuries. He In-
vi's!i'd nearly nil of his fortune in a goldi
niiin'. llis friends were horror-strick
en. They said his money would surely
be lost in the wildcat .sehome, and that,
us he was utterly incapable of raakinfr
a livip^'. he would be oblifrcd to to
the piKirhouse, and eventually, perhaps,
Ui the reli'eat for imbeciles, liut ti> the
Rurprise of the forelioders the mine
looa proved to be one of the richest on
this continent and in n few years Ku
ilolpli 1 ..ssessed a half million dollars.
Ili'nci'f.irth his career was niiirlced by u
siici'i'ssiiiii of lucky blunders. He would
buy n iil estate ia n wilderness where
only till' remains of Indian tribog could
111' pi'iMKMled to dwell, and in a year's
time u riii.road would lie run throufrh
his hiiiil u;id he would sell baildiiii' lots
at a hanilMiiae profit for the establish
ment of a village. He did other things
equally absurd, but made money every
In spite of his many eccentricities he
Bcciin d for a wife n beautiful and ne-
eiirupli>hed girl. How she ever allowed
herself to marry him was a marvel to
those who knew them, liut they ap
peared to live happily together. Tlieir
cliililren, twins named J.ames anil Edith,
were sensible like their motiior.
The family resided In a fine country
mansiou about a mile from the out
skirts of lioston. Their nearest neigh
bor was a well-to-do farmer whose son,
John llendriekson, a sturdy and prac
tical yoiini' man, fell in love with
I'ilitli licin'onger when she was eighteen
years old, liut Mr. IJoulonger wished
Ills (laii;jhter to marry u college-bred
latin who was the descendant of an old
tod cultured family. Another require-
llendriulisun lor a reason tiiat will late
"It will be useless to speak to
father," saiil I'Mitli to ,lohn one Christ
mas eve. "He will never (^ve his con
sent to my marrying you."
"Kcvertheless I will speak to him,"
replied the bold lover, "lie shall know
that I dare to face him."
Mr. l!ou!oiiper sat in his library
when the young man was esliered
into his presence. The cceentvie gentle
man assumed an air of liignity and
clotheil Ills countenance with iin
ominous frown. He believed that his
demeanor alone would disiiearten his
inteniled victim. l!ut llendrickRon was
not awed at all. Aristocratic preten
sions bad noeflfeetupon the independent
Aniericon e.\cept to make him despise
“You can never marry my ilaughter,"
said Mr. lioulonger, in weighty tones.
“For various reasons. The most im
portant one is tliat you ilo not lielong to
a cultured family and are notcollcgc
bred. You are neither an .Irrt'i/m Dacca-
tawrcK* nor an Artium Maiji»ter. More
over, yon deceived mo when I bought
that .lersey cow of you. .\s soon as she
was in my stable I ordered my hired
man to milk her. lie reported that he
eonid not obtain any milk Thinking
the pail might le'ik. I orderi'd him to
giitoa tin shop and buy a new, tight
pail. Ilo at onee obeyed. Ho placed
the nev.- pail under the cov/ and again
manipulated the udders. There was nc
flow whatever. The cow's bag was
small and shrunken. It was a cleai
case of dcsiceation. For lacteal pur-
po.ses the animal was useless. I sold
her that very day."
Hendrickson could scarcely restrain a
shout of laughter.
“There was nothing the matter with
the cow,” he exclaimed. “I had milked
her just before sending her to your place
and of course her bag was empty.”
Kudolpn was not astonished. Evi
dences of his stupidity were tfto fro-
‘ CAN NEV'KR UABRT IIT OAUOHTEB.”
'“t Was that the suitor Hhould either
neh en jiijr], ^ life of elegant
« or el.'.*; should vlje n professional
• doctor or lawyer 'admissible, but
“‘•'r preferred. ThJ^t Edith should
'■ ini're fanner.wm preposterout.
Mr. Bouloneer Ulc*
“OH, FATHERl SrARB UImI"
qiiently brought to his attention ti
cause him any uneasiness. Moreovei
ho was too pigheaded to acknowledge
an unwelcome truth while he could
think of any pretext with which to com
“An Ingenious excuse on your part,*'
he replied, stiffly, “but it will not an
swer. You must recollect that I have
studied the genus bovine scientifieally.
1 have one hundred books relating to
the breeding and nurture of cattle and
to the diseases to which they are liablo.
I have read every one of these books
through and cau apeak with an authori
ty unknown to the empirical farmers
in thi.s neighborhood. I know when a
cow is in a normal condition; and I say
that the Jersey that yon sold me was a
farrinv cow that iiad longceascd toyield
any lacteal iluid.”
HendrieUson snon left In disgust.
Had he not loved the d.aughter deeply,
lie wciulil have objected to marrying
into a family the liead of which was so
great u fool.
It was a sad Christmas eve for the
lovers. John bade Edith farewell with
the knowledge that a long time would
probably elapse before they could meet
As for Mr. Coulonger, he made up his
Riind that his children were l>elng vul
garized by too much contact with rural
influences, and the family moved into
the city, where they boaided at a hotel
during the greater part of ttie next
year. In conformity with his eccentric
tendencies Mr. Boulonger, when spring
arrivet, set abnnt carrying into effect a
lor r ei'.ei i.'.heii plan. He purchased
two ail joining building lots lu the sub
urbs of Uoston and erected upon them i
two largo square houses tha^ wer?
umii anil paintca ;|ust aiiKe. tie also
furnished the houiaes so carefully and ar
ranged their contents so Bysteniutieally
that the intoriora of the stmeturos wort
exactly similar. Ills son and ilaughter
were twins, ho said, and ought to live
in twin lionses, his design being to liavo
James live in one house and Lldith in
the other after each hud sueceeded in
petting married. Ho selected a minis
ter for Editli; bat the young lady did
not favor her father's plan, and the
dominie madu as poor progress in his
courtship as ho did in writing sermons
that contained original and interesting
Finding that his children would not
marry immediately. Mr IJonlonger
moved with bis family into one of the
furnished houses anil rented the other
•house to a Mr. Helnap, a friend wlio
also knew John Ilendricksun and liked
Meanwhilo James Itoulonger had act
ed as a confiilenlial messenger between
his sister and her lover: and the three,
with Mr. Helimp and Mrs, lloiilonser
as confederates, devised an artful plan
by whicli it was hoped the elder Itou
longer might bo [lersnaded to accept
Hendrickson as ii f.oa-in-law.
At the approaeli of the holiday sea*
son the young farmer ean’o to lioston
and becamo tlie guest of Mr. Ilelnap,
much to the annoyance of Uiidolph
Nothing of interest occurred until
Christmas ove. Then in the midst of
a blinding siiowstoi in James lioulonger
returned home at midnight. The rest of
the family were abed and asleep and
.lames retired to liis couuh witliout
An hour later the household were
startled from their slumberii by the cry:
James Uuulonger dashed out of his
bedroum and Bred bis pistol. Old
Unilolpli was aroused, and with a rifle
in his hand ran out of his sleeping
apartment on the lir:-t floor. Father
and sun met in the dining-room where
mneh e.xpensive silverware, which it
had been hoped would grace the Christ
mas lUnner the next dtiv. had been
stored in a sideboard, 'liiu silver had
not been disturbed.
“We are jn.st in time." cried l!n(U>Iph.
“The rascal.s would so.ia have secured
all of our silver luid they not In'en
frightened. 1 do not hear them, but
they have probably not gone from the
house. They are undoubtedly armed
and may fight desperately.”
His ardor was not so great ns it was
at first, liut dames was full of prowess
and his father reluctantly followed him
to the kitchen.
“There he is!” cried Rudolph.as he saw
a man dart into an entry that led to the
cellar. With hands that trembled vio-
lentl.y the old man raised liis rifle and
fired at random. The room was filled
with smoko, and Rudolph was at the
same moment filled witli confidence,
lie was not afraid of a robber who re
treated ns if ho were unarmed. Ru
dolph put another cartridge in his gun
and quite boldly opened the door con
necting the entry with the cellar.
“For God’s sake!" ericd a voice in the
darkness, “do not shoot again. 1 am
“Ha! It is j'ou, you rascal. Just
what I've expected; you’ve become a
robber. I’ll dispose of you so that
you’ll never sell another dried up
cow,” shouted Rudolph; and again he
blazed away, although he could not see
“Father, oh, father, spare him! It is
all a dreadful mistake!” cried Edith, as
she pinioned her Infuriated parent's
arms with her own.
“Listen to me just a moment,” said
Hendrickson in excited tones as ho ap
peared from behind a barrel when he
saw that tliere was to be a cessation in
the hostilities. “You know that 1 have
been visiting Mr. Uelnap, and that this
house and the one In which he lives are
just alike outside and in. I approached
this house in the midst of blinding
snow, thinking it was the right one. I
found the door unloekcd, bat supposed
Mr. Belnap had forgotten to secure it
after him. 1 entered and locked the
door. Every object about me was fa
miliar. I descended to the kitchen and
left my coat and rubbers there. 1 then
returned to the parlor and lighted a
lamp. Not feeling sleepy 1 read for
about an hour, having found a copy of
the same book which I had been read
ing at Mr. Belnap’s. About one o'clock
I went to the bedroom which I sup
posed was mine, and to my intense sur
prise found your son in it. He was
awake and was after me with a pistol
in an instant. You know the rest."
“Did you leave the door unlocked?”
asked Mr. lioulonger, turning toward
“I cteclai'e, I believe I did,” said
He did not add, however, that he had
left the door unlocked purposely and
was not burprlsed by what had subse
Rudolph Boulonger shuddered, rot
knowing that he had been firing blank
cartridges that had thoughtfully been
provided for his use, and was glad that
he had not killed an innocent man. He
felt that he had greatly wronged John i
Hendrickson; he observed with alarm
the highly-wrought feelings of his
daughter; hia nerves were too much
shaken for him to deny that the twin
_7Uch bis eccentricltLV had
eniiRP'i crcc^ Him lurnish alike
wore responsible for the unwelcome oc
currence, and he was glad to make
peace b.v giving the intruder permission
to marry Edith.
The next day the famil,y sat down to
a splendid Christmas dinner in tlieir
home, uiiil .lolin Hendrickson, the un
expected gnest, was entertained by
them in ii very pleasant manner.
"It ir, a fitting occasion for a reconcil
iation," said lUiilolj'h lioulonger, whose
recent experience bad made him un
usually regardful of religion. “1 for
one am glad to feel the influsnces of a
“PKACK ON I’.AIITII.”
day thnt !kir brought ‘peace on earth
and ^ood-will to mon.’”
Tlic ()t!iers aecj\uesccd in the worthy
Mr. and Mrs. John llendriekson and
^T^s. and Mrs. Juiiuvs Iloulonj^er now re*
side in t!ie tv/in houses, and every
Chnstnias tl'.e two familiea and Mr. and
Mrs. UniU)I[)h I)i)ulon^n*r dine toj'ether
in one of the peculiar dwollin'^.s.
It is said that on one of the I'.appy oc
casions Rudolph lioulonj^er was j^ently
tolti of the ruse by wliich lie hatl been
deceived, Iilvlitli .-ind lier husband ex
cusing themselves by sayinf^ that there
had been love and war and that all
tactics were fair in both. It is further
reported tliat the old fjentleman for-
pave the couple, having' in the mean
time learned from the owner of the
.lersew oow that that animal had ^nven
a trood moss of mill; ei;rht hours after
sh.o hud left the lJoulou|rer farm.
J. A. UULLKS.
More Than Timo.
Mrs. Cobwi^'^jyer—Now, my dear, if
you will cook the plum puddinjf just aa
1 tell yon. it will keep a year.
Mrs. lirown—Ahl Von don’t know
Ttio AlHHthio »*ChrUt-CliU(l.**
In Franco it is Un? Jttus bain^bin,
Christ-child, who comes. Araonff the
Alsatians a beautiful younf? prl person
ates this character, and, v;ith a bell iu
one hand and sweetmeats i?i the other,
she about the villa;^v? distribntinff
the coveted gifts amon^ the children.
Wof»den Klioes for KrU Kriii^Io.
All over Germany Christmas is cele
brated with much ceremony, and lum-
dreds of little wooden shoes wait for
Kris Krinf^le's comingf. There is noth-
inf that clings so tenaciously to the
childish mind as the advent of Christ
IN THE Yi^AK OF GRACE, 18U1.
“How foolish It is. Aunt Sadie, for
mamma to try and malce me believe
that ‘Santa Claus’ comes down the
chimney and flils my stockinjfs. I sup
pose it worked all right when you were
a little g-irl, but it is such a chestnut
nowl llowcver, it pleases mammdi so
I don’t let on that I know.’*—Life.
Sober Second Thought.
Head of Firm (to office boy)—Hero,
take this box of cigars and distribute
them around the office for Christmas.
Office Hoy—Yes sir. (Hurries off).
Head of Firm—Hold on. I friiess you’d
l)etter wait until after 1 go home.—Life.
How » IluinnriNt Secured a UmhIuI Fre«eut
rut IIIH wife.
has been said, 1
think by some
r e a t writer,
comes but once
It is a miffhty
for some of us
that it doesn't
dM»sn’t crow d
every one to the
verge of penur>’
as it does mo,
but th(‘n every
one hasn’t such
a penchant for
keeping always in the neighborhood of
penury as I have.
Awhile ago my father took it into his
head that there was money in ra ••
i ng hogs, BO he paid §40 for some squej ’ -
ers, feci them worth of corn ai I
sold STS.CO worth of pork. A dri
lug toward a sort of pig penury, ]
One Christmas followeth so close
upon the heels of another that the spa
of time, after it is past, is but as ii ta
tluit is told or a ^Vnterbury wateh .
the night. A Christmas past delightet
us not, but a Christmas present is a j^
tf) our soul. And it is the Christmt
present. Heaven strengthen us, that w
all have to deal with.
Tor my part I never know what t
buy. Only once have I had things a?
cut and dried for me. A little while be
fore layt Christmas I gave mycelebratec
funny lecture in a New Kngland village,
doing a me night stand for the benefit
of the L. S. 11. (i. S. S. H. society oi
the brick church with shingle roof siU
uate on the west side of tlie street a|
you leave the town. The name of the
arouni me ano inanuea me, and said
that 1 was sucli u clever auctioneer,
and if I hadn't been there to run the
auction they wouldn’t have got half so
much. So they deducted a fiver from
my fee, said they didn’t, ui;deri»taml
about the “loeiils,” s;> I’d havo to pay
my own hotel bill, nnd then they left
mo alone with my (juilt.
I tried to give it t-> the landlord, bat
he said: “Oh, hades, I wnuUln't have
the dambthiiifj around the lumse!”
So a bright idea struck me, and I
sent it lurne to my wife for a Christ
mas present. She* keeps it up on the
spare bed, and I notice that folks that
eoine to see us nowa«lnys. tuxpectlng t?»
stay several months, always begin to
weaken along ubf)ut. the third night,
and we never hml a gu(*5t yet who
c()uld stand that quilt with four hun
dred nameu o!i it for more thup a week
without going stark mad.
CuAUiJid Nkwton Hood.
‘.'hurp.ah for CHFHSTMAS.
UltRAU for merrjr
itH riilHtktoo and
AriJ roytU foasls ot
t «ll t1
J h 0 €
^uite NurpriHins. |
Mr. Green—No, my dear, I will m>« |
tell you what I’m going to give you for i
Christmas. Why can’t you women be |
content to wait nnd be surprised? !
Mrs. (3roea—Oil, tell me now. If you
](eep yoiu* word, I’ll be surprised
“OOIXO AT five!”
organization 1 found was the Ladies
Sewing, Ueaping, (rossiping and Send
ing Socks to the Heathen society.
Which Heathen society they sent tlxem
to 1 never learned.
Quite a good uuiny people listeneti to
my remarks, without morcsigmsof pain
than I have noticed everywhere. As one
of the committcewomen remarked,
facetiously, afterward, “there was
more in the audience than there was ia
I noticed that no one seemed to be
putting on overshoes, while I was slow
ly running down, or letting the cat die,
as you might say, and after I had got
off my final bon mot and didn't have a
single bong mo’ to get off, I sat down,
but everybody stayed. Then the presi
dent of the society came to me and
said: “Mr. Ilood, our society has
been making a autograph quilt. Ten
cents to put your name on a block, you
know. It's got over 400 blocks into it,
aiiil we’ve raised prettj’ near Sr>0 for
the he.athen now. We thought, while
everybody was here and it was so near
Christmas, we’d have you auction the
So 1 gr)t up and held up the quilt and
stepped on the edge of it and fell down,
and everybody applauded and seemed
to think it was a real clever thing to
do. Mr. Hood then spoke in substance
“How much am I offered for this
quilt? It is a well-made quilt and is
strictly non-partisan. The names, you
will notice, are in blocks of five; it is
designed for protection; it won't tarilT
you’re careful of it, will keep Silver
r.ill or any other man warm, and how
much am I offered for if?”
Then everybody laughed quite a lot
and nobody bid. I thought that they |
were afraid to speak up, so I said:
“Well, now, ni just start it at five dol
lars. Who’ll make It six? Going at
five—at five. Give me the half. B^ive I
have; six will you give me? Ooing at
five-five-fi-fi-fl-fi-fl-fi-fl—do I hear the
.dx? Five I'm bid; are you all done?
Ooing at five, fi-fi-fi-fi-fi-fi-fi-fli-five. Give
me a quarter somebody. Five I have;
do I hear the quarter? Five I have—
going at five. Must I knock it down for
such a paltry sum? Five I have: make
it live dollars and ten cents. Five I
have. Are you all done? Going, once
—going, twice—going, twice—going,
three times. Won't some one please
bid?—and s>ld to a poor, mlsgfuided fool
of a funny-lecture man for five dollars.’*
And then the society all crowded
K r i 8 H Ivringle,
to(i, who bnngs
hU slctgh of
To lill tlio chU*
with imch over*
v r. invoto prn!f?o Is Cbrlstmaf
1.. ‘ wilh joy divtno and tlien are
liiui !.r;i pleasure crovrncU are
t.^osr I-;;) arc* ri.i't ivlnp—
Jut gliidd' r, ( !, iirc*tboao who Uao'v tUo swoctor
TUe pirls :i:k1 l.oys !mtl Clirii^traaa Joys with
Tho biiiii' 111 rraia ul Chrlsiiiias chnrms claps
r>ut oil! ;• . ;s i.!i. wlin then ici'all euecl cbi4
yont* v-heu Christmas
I of 1
hlow and ht'nn tho encw ost
■ I'W'P.k a-.d .Ir.-nrv.
trp 1 wc? K',v.» In homos fS^
The ti-p i u
u'1.1 c ieci
And s lr.::hi roIJect its Hfflit aud morry
Hurrah for morry Chrlsiraas when wo all are O,
And ynlo M.izo with brinlitccl rays on mil-
tlolou uiid Uolly;
Aud pie and aud puddi3|j.-j sjaUo tbo feast*
(‘r;« r'»nd9r prowins,
And grt.id Satiil -VioU stoc'.:*.::irs quick wUt
II. C. Dodcb.
Tho RoKton G!rl*a C?irl6tmM.
She tossod bor ChrlstnaH toys aside,
Her face wuh dl,sappointracnt frowning.
**0h. dear!” ilxo lltilomaldon jUfjhed.
“I did so wart ftuothcr livowniuj^!”
Kver.rt!iia>: I.-; f.nvoly, unfl—
Mr. Kano nlle—And now wouldn’t you
like for it, Christmas pi*esent?
Miss .\lert -Certainly, if you'll hang
yourself on the Christmas tree.—Puck.
ROUGi: ON SANTA ’L.\US.
Ivy—Say, Dolph, I hope Santa Claus is,
Ivy—Cos them’s my new stockings, i
and I don’t want them stole.—Once a}
THE NIOBT BEFORE CIIRISTIIIAS.
don*t escpect ter git nothin'* gentB;|
lli it$ but I jest hang it up because I
think it’s de proper thing ter encourage.
Mid keep up dese old and timc-honoredi